One Whole Day with Evo Morales / Iason Pipinis, Bolivia-Greece
Ten years ago, a poor member of the Aymara indigenous group came to power in Bolivia, in a country where political and economic power had been monopolized for centuries by the white minority. The documentary captures 24 hours in the life of Evo Morales, the first indigenous president in the history of Latin America, and it presents aspects of Bolivia’s recent political history. We met with President Morales in La Paz and we accompanied him on the trips he made by the presidential aircraft in various cities of the country. The President is narrating how he managed, despite being a poor indigenous farmer, to ascend to the highest office in Bolivia and he is talking about the fight against poverty.
1000 Miles / Vassilis Kechagias, Yannis Valtis, Greece
Penny and George made their first 1000 mile ride between March and June in 2004. Over a period of eleven years Penny and George travelled about 8,000 kms together, mostly over tracks and paths in the Greek wilderness. Fires have long been a problem for the Greek countryside, and in 2007 10% of the Greek forestland was burnt. Since then the Greek countryside has been constantly harmed. For example, the number of nightingales has dropped by 63% in less than twenty years, and their numbers continue to decline at the rate of 4% every year. George died in 2014. He was sixteen years old. From 2015 Penny has been teaching at an international school in beautiful Krakow in Poland.
Viktor Ullmann: Biography of a recording / Ioannis Grigoropoulos, Michalis Aristidou, Greece
During World War II in the Czech Republic was created a prototype concentration camp called Theresienstadt. In this camp thousands of Jewish artists were gathered so they could produce art, besides the forced labour, that could be used as propaganda by the Nazis. Among the others there was Viktor Ullmann, a famous music composer. The seven sonatas that he wrote for the piano were performed in the camp by the pianists Edith Kraus and Alice Herz-Sommer. In 2014, on the occasion of the recording of Ullmann’s sonatas by the Spanish pianist Maria Garzon, the holocaust survivors Alice and Edith as long as many others talk about Viktor Ullmann as an artist and as a person.
Athens From Beneath – The Documentary of the Newly Poor / Takis Bardakos, Greece
In Greece, the “newly poor” – the unemployed – climb their own Calvary during the unprecedented economic crisis in the country. The film, following the stories of several citizens, reveals the magnitude of social inequality and injustice. Homelessness, soup kitchens, the overwhelming unemployment rates and the decadence of large sections of society into a newly-poor status have turned the dream of prosperity in a socio-economic nightmare. As an artistic project, this documentary follows neither the rules of promotional design nor the superficial glance of a tourist, but is as harsh and deconstructed as life itself when it becomes stagnant. But above all it is timely and indispensible if we are to interpret social solidarity, cultural awareness and the need for dialogue.
New Generation Got Game / Dimitris Polidoropoulos, Greece 52’
A basketball tournament that took place in Athens and in Syros, Greece, with young people from different cultural backgrounds, but born in Greece, is the setting of a documentary about the life of these youths. They talk about basketball, racism, and their experiences in the tournament. Also involved is Giorgos Printezis, a basketball player on the Olympiaκos team who was a supporter of the final game in Syros. The tournament’s purpose was to spread the message of diversity in the new Greek society.
Suspended People / Stratis Vogiatzis, Thekla Malamou, Greece
The Roma people exist as long as they live far away. As long as their destiny doesn’t meet with ours or as their dreams don’t throng with our dreams. Exiled for thousands of years from the societies they come in contact with, they are fated to live on the margins, on the fringe of every society. This exile has gradually become their homeland, a place where they have dreams and bury them underground. Sabiha, a really charismatic woman in the heart of the settlement, decided to take action for all that was going wrong around her and fight for the Romani right to an equal status in society, as well as to try and change established norms, within the Romani culture itself.
Radio Loft / Thanassis Papakostas, Greece
The film follows the exciting adventure of self-managed Metadeftero, the most impartial web radio in Greece. Without an owner and commercial ads, Metadeftero, a politically and culturally active community, airs a 24-hour program on arts and news and often broadcasts live concerts as well. It hosts a plethora of producers, journalists, directors, writers, actors, musicians, lawyers, independent professionals, audio engineers and artists’ collectives – all of whom are volunteers without any financial profit. The group was established during the dark era of the infamous «mavro» (black), an act that the Greek government of the time imposed on ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), on June 11th 2013. Since June 2014 Metadeftero has been broadcasting from the loft of Music Corner record shop, in Athens. The documentary examines the roots, the present and the future of a truly independent and free radio station.
The Park, Grandmother Nissa and Ali / Angelos Kovotsos, Anneta Papathanassiou, Antonis Tolakis, Greece
Grandmother Nissa came from Iran on a horse. Ali, an interpreter from Afghanistan, is here in Greece for the second time hunted by the Taliban. The 17-year-old young man Zekrola wants to reach Europe through the northern boundaries of Greece. All three have a common wish: to survive and build a new life. Three directors meet with and film these desperate refugees, who looked for peace in this park in the middle of Athens, which bears the name of the ancient God of war, Aris: Pedion tou Areos (Field of Mars).
Yannoulis Chalepas: A Sculptor’s Portrait / Vironas Ntolas, Greece
This documentary presents the work of Greek sculptor Yannoulis Chalepas (1851-1938) and features the course and evolution of his art, beginning with the skilfully crafted academic works of his first artistic period and arriving at the mature works of the last 20 years of his life. The film aims at a well-rounded and demystified approach towards Chalepas’ work, without neglecting references to important aspects of his life that played a definitive role in the shaping of his art.
33,333 The Odyssey of Nikos Kazantzakis / Menios Carayannis, Greece-Sweden-USA
Nikos Kazantzakis is famous for his novels. However, few know of his epic poem Odyssey, and even fewer have read it, although the writer himself considered it his masterpiece. It consists of 33,333 verses, and embraces the major themes of Western civilization. In Sweden, a man 102 years old, learns Greek and translates Kazantzakis’ Odyssey. The documentary travels to Sweden, America, Crete, Athens and Tinos. It is a journey through the hidden aspects of the work and personality of the writer. People become astonished, angry, or mystified by the Odyssey. Philosophical, literary, existential and psychological approaches try to illuminate a work which, if read with attention, can change the reader’s soul…
Long Dive / Irina Boiko, Greece
“Man is an infinity… a road,” says Vrezh Kirakosyan, this documentary’s hero. Disabled since a little boy because of an accident, he grew up in a poor Armenian family with his father in jail. When he was four he learned alone to read and write, a little later to draw paintings. When he was 18 he started writing his first book. In his twenties he sold his first painting. When he was 29 he met a girl via the Internet. In his thirties he had a family. “What is a man’s present,” he says. “It’s a struggle. The struggle of his passions. The struggle of which the outcome is unknown and depends on man alone.”
A Second Chance / Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Greece
“You go out in the yard. On a bench, you find some prisoners talking about how they will break the law without being caught. On other benches, prisoners talk about drugs and Kalashnikovs. And suddenly, you see a big Lithuanian guy with some other inmates of the same proportions playing chess…” as a music teacher, held in the Special Youth Detention Centre in Avlona, Greece, narrates. Is there really a second chance in real life? A young man from Lithuania finds himself prisoner in a youth detention center, in a foreign and unknown country to him, where he doesn’t even speak the language. He’ll either stay in his cell and give up everything or he’ll find a way to redefine his life. He may try to learn Greek in the prison’s school, discover his hidden talents and study at the Technical University one day. Will he succeed? For three years, he struggles to fulfil these unattainable goals, as the camera records his anguish to start his life from scratch.
Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair / Angélique Kourounis, Greece
What’s in the mind of the neo-nazi next-door? “My partner in life is a Jew, one of my sons is gay, another is an anarchist, and I am a left-wing feminist as well as a daughter of immigrants. If Golden Dawn comes to power our only problem will be which wagon they will put us on.” A journalist is delving for years into the organization of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. The financial collapse, the political instability and the family relations are placed into the spotlight as the documentary is trying to discover “what’s in the head of Golden Dawners, who pose as victims of the system.”
LUDLOW, Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War / Leonidas Vardaros, Greece
The Colorado Coal war is described as the bloodiest page of the US labor movement. In this violent confrontation between Rockefeller and the UMWA Trade Union, a vital part was played by 500 Greek miners who became the backbone of the guerrilla army formed by the union to avenge the Ludlow Massacre – the murder of 20 women and children and of the Greek leader Louis Tikas on April 20th, 1914. The documentary tells the unknown story of this conflict, illuminating the special role of the Greeks, with testimonies of descendants of strikers, interviews with historians and with rare archival material (video interviews of survivors, photos, newspaper articles, rare texts and songs).
Silent Witness / Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, Greece
In 2006, the Trikala prison closes down after 110 years of use. Seven individuals whose destinies have been shaped by the prison walls return to trace its past. Each of their personal stories constitutes a piece of modern Greek history. What future awaits this historic monument? What will become its new purpose? An unexpected discovery reveals the site’s hidden secret and poses a crucial question: How do we deal with historical memory?
The Sea Remains / Christos Georgiou, Yorgos Koumouros, Cyprus-Greece
Α feature film documentary which, through the lives of ten people, narrates the story of a village at the northern edge of Cyprus, Yialousa. From the 1960s and the days of a remote and rural existence, through the Turkish invasion of 1974, the years of enclavement and up until 2015.
Finish Line / Eliana Abravanel, Greece
Criss crossing between the lives of three dedicated 65+ marathon runners living in opposite corners of Greece, this documentary covers a lot of ground but is never in a hurry to get anywhere. Idomeneas is a robust Cretan who runs the Authentic Marathon wearing a full suit of armor and no shoes. Andonis is an old-school shepherd who discovered his talent for long-distance running after he accidentally outran a wolf. Stelios is the oldest marathon runner in Greece. The older he gets the more races he runs, running full speed ahead to his own version of immortality. All three of them share a unique approach to marathon running: Their sole reason for crossing the finish line is in pursuit of their own inner voice.
Whispers of the Sky / Maro Anastopoulou, Greece
People living in the small Greek island of Amorgos work hard and enjoy life in their own unique way. Captain Constantis and Leonidas the shepherd have lived all their lives in this remote island and yet they do not know each other. Their everyday life is defined by a common goal: reading the signs of the sky. They carry centuries of knowledge predicting the weather. The signs of the sky, winds, stars, clouds and the sea whisper to the islanders. The eternal circle of life, the sequence of seasons, the cycle of birth and death is a constant reminder of the simple beauty that surrounds us all; every day is never the same as the next.
True Blue / Haris Raftogiannis, Greece
In a country that collapses, an aged and supernatural couple (“girly” and Stamatis) enjoys its life, on the Greek island of Ikaria, a place which is well-known for the fact that people forget to die. But a sudden death of another elderly familiar person reminds them that the end is close.
Next Stop: Utopia / Apostolos Karakasis, Greece
When the Greek factory of VIO.ME. closes down, a group of workers decides to take radical action. They occupy the factory and attempt to operate it themselves, based on the principles of direct democracy. Their venture inspires activists all around the world, while the ex-owner is astonished to see the family business turn into a symbol for the up-and-coming radical left. For the workers, striving to make ends meet, selfmanagement turns out to be an unprecedented adventure, full of conflicts. They soon realise that in order to succeed, the first thing they have to change is themselves…
Working Dancers / Constantina Bousboura, Julia M. Heimann, Argentina-Greece
In Buenos Aires a group of acclaimed dancers create the first Contemporary National Company of Dance under their collective leadership. This is the story of four talented dancers, Ernesto, Bettina, Victoria and Pablo, along six years of their journey. We follow their lives, we attend their rehearsals and performances in the emblematic building of the National Library, along with their premiere and backstage in the historical National Theatre of Cervantes. They expose their dreams as dancers, individuals and members of our society, as we observe the fulfilment of their biggest dream: the demand of a National Dance Law. Amazing choreographies, beautiful folklore songs and original Latin-American contemporary music reveal the beauty of dance becoming life.
The Longest Run / Marianna Economou, Greece
Against the backdrop of the ISIS attacks in the Middle East, Alsaleh and Jasim from Syria and Iraq find themselves in a Juvenile prison in Greece, under the severe accusation of smuggling illegal immigrants. They follow the developments of the war through telephone calls to their parents, while they are trying to save themselves. Their stories unfold in prison and in the court and reveal how innocent young refugees are forced by the smugglers to transport people across the border and end up serving severe sentences while the smugglers continue to operate uninterrupted. If the court finds Alsaleh and Jasim guilty, they can get a 25 year imprisonment.
“Janus’s Legacy: Refugee Passage to Europe”. Dimitris Papageorgiou, Greece, 90’
The documentary captures the course of the refugees from the Turkish coasts until Idomeni, the last Greek border, before their attempt to continue towards the Northern and Central European Countries, which are the ultimate purpose of the most refugees.
Through this course are rising numerous individual narratives and approaches in the attempt to illuminate aspects and versions of the problems that refugees are facing in this long and dangerous journey, and perceptions that they shape for themselves and their countries of origin, but also for the virtual “Europe” that they are dreaming of.
The fragmentation of these stories, through the “filters” of different ethnic and social origins and of the varying cultural perceptions, does not alter the common component of all refugees struggle: the universal demand for freedom and “safe haven.”
A Second Chance / Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Greece
“You go out in the yard. On a bench, you find some prisoners talking about how they will break the law without being caught. On other benches, prisoners talk about drugs and Kalashnikovs. And suddenly, you see a big Lithuanian guy with some other inmates of the same proportions playing chess…” as a music teacher, held in the Special Youth Detention Centre in Avlona, Greece, narrates. Is there really a second chance in real life? A young man from Lithuania finds himself prisoner in a youth detention center, in a foreign and unknown country to him, where he doesn’t even speak the language. He’ll either stay in his cell and give up everything or he’ll find a way to redefine his life. He may try to learn Greek in the prison’s school, discover his hidden talents and study at the Technical University one day.
Eratosthenes / Kostas Vakkas, Greece
Versed in all the sciences, Eratosthenes was born in 276 BC in Cyrene, a Greek colony in Libya. The Egyptian pharaoh, Ptolemy III, appointed him librarian of the great Library of Alexandria. Among other things, he was an astronomer, mathematician, geographer and a poet, earning his place in history for being the first to calculate the Earth’s circumference. The documentary describes his incredible life’s adventures, his works and the cities he inhabited – Cyrene and Alexandria. Professor Eftychis Papadopetrakis discusses his work.
Beloved Days / Constantinos Patsalides, Cyprus
In 1970, the people of Karmi in Cyprus participate in an unprecedented experience: the shooting of the film Beloved, with a Hollywood cast and crew. This kaleidoscope-like documentary brings us images of that magical time and of the traumatic changes that occurred in the lives of the village’s inhabitants after the Turkish invasion. Four decades later, they return to those beloved old days in a nostalgic journey.
- Roots of oblivion. Jorge Monteallegre 61’ Colombia
The story of several survivors of the lahar of Armero in Colombia caused by a volcanic eruption in November of 1985. The government knew about it and did nothing to evacuate the community. As a result of this neglect, 25.000 people died. Now 30 years later, the survivors deal with the consequences that this event has had on their lives. The inexorable passage of time as their personal tragedies evidence diluted into oblivion in an indifferent and irresponsible country without memory or respect.
- NO PASARAN – A story of men and women who fought against Fascism. Daniel Burkholz 73’ Germany
“What did you fight for?“ This question makes the 96 years old Austrian Gerhard Hoffmann, a former member of the International Brigades and the French Résistance, who had been fighting against Fascism and for e better, free society, very thoughtful: “How can I tell you this in a few words?” NO PASARAN goes out in search for answers on a journey across Europe to meet the last contemporary witnesses of these events. In the focus of this multinational documentary film are the life paths and fates of Vincent Almudever and his brother Joseph Almudever (meanwhile living in France), Rosario Sanchez Mora (Spain), Herman Scheerboom (Netherlands), Giovanni Pesce and his wife Onorina Brambilla Pesce (Italy), Kurt Goldstein (Germany) and Gerhard Hoffmann (Austria). When they were volunteering to join the fight, they all were teenagers. But nobody of them expected a 10 years´ odyssey over the battlefields of Europe and through the fascist concentration or extermination camps until the return back home.
- Τhe wound that needs to be healed – an exploration of the spanish-moroccan border around ceuta. Vincent Förster 55’ Germany
Borders are the epitome of 21st century politics: Here, state sovereignty clashes with international law; national security with human rights; territorial integrity with economic de-territorialisation; national culture and identity with transnational migration flows. But while borders are almost invisible for (white) “Westerners”, they are very real for most other people in the world.
The Spanish exclave Ceuta on the North-Moroccan coast is a textbook example of this situation. Being Europe’s only land border with Africa, it is marked by fences, barbed wire, surveillance, irregular crossings, smuggling, physical violence, human rights violations and deaths. As such, the border around Ceuta is the materialisation of a highly racialised, discriminatory door policy controlled by liberal European states.
- God is American. Richard Martin-Jordan 52’ France
Since the end of World War II, the people of Tanna, a remote island in the South Pacific in the archepelago of Vanuatu, idolize an American prophet. His name is John Frum. The islanders believe he is an American pilot that returned to the United States after the war, and will come back to Tanna with riches from the US that they call « the Cargo ». They pray to an American flag, awaiting his return. One man, Isaac the Last One, chief of the « Cargo cult », claims he is Frum’s son. He has formed an army of GI’s to celebrate the return of the prophet John Frum.
- GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution. Dale Beaumont-Brown 90’ Great Britain
Α feature-length documentary exploring the medicinal use of cannabis, the patients involved & the campaign to change UK law.
Clark French is 30 year’s old and has Multiple Sclerosis. Every day he battles, not just against the debilitating nature of his illness, but against social stigma and the law. He doesn’t treat his MS with conventional medication; he self-medicates illegally, with cannabis.
He is part of a subculture of politically driven people, willing to incriminate themselves for something they believe in.
- Ketermaya. Lucas Jedrzejak 80’ Great Britain
On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.
- Añoranza. Flo Flamme 71’ Belgium
Ιn Cuba half a century ago, a revolution created a new frontier beyond which, little by little, the outside world became vaporous, invisible and forbidden. Now on the brink of opening its borders with the USA again, three old men, Luis, Carmelo, and Ernesto, let their imaginations roam. All around them buses full of tourists, ambassadors from a never-never land, come and go, triggering in the men a deep longing for vanished ideals: love, time and the places they have never seen. In the autumn of their lives, dreams and illusions take flight one last time.
- Dyab. Mazin Sherabayani 20’ Great Britain
12-year-old Dyab is a Kurdish Yazidi boy living at Arbat refuge camp, after the horrendous attacks by the Islamic States on their villages at Shingal Mountains (Sinjar). However, Dyab’s dream is, to become a filmmaker and actor and tell the stories and sufferings of his people to the outside world.
- PAIR OF DUNCES by Ludovic VIEUILLE 60’ France
Sixty minutes. The time taken on average to complete my son’s homework. The weeks, months and years follow the rhythm of this daily hour spent together. Fear of academic failure versus the thirst for knowledge. An hour, a struggle, a father-son bonding exercise
- Roma > Athens (Love in the time of Mykonos). Thomas Kunstler 25’ Italy
This is the real documentary story of a boy that wakes up one morning with the idea of walking from Rome to Athens to tell a girl that he loved her.
- The Austrian Road. Ruslana Berndl 40’ Austria
„The Austrian road“, high in the Kazakh Altai, was built by the Austrian prisoners of the Great War. „The Austrian road” is a search for long time blown away traces, a rough way in the past, throw almost endless steppes, in the overpowering Altai. A road full of secrets and lots of confusion, narrow paths throw the experiences in the Soviet Union to our time.
- COAL SEA. Gian Luca Rossi 80’ Italy
Margherita was born and raised in Aosta, in northern Italy, but his family is of southern origin, from Calabria. Eight months pregnant and in deep identity crisis, she decided to return to those places, loads of memories of childhood, where its roots lie. Just arrived, however, she finds that, on the site of an abandoned factory, a Swiss-Italian company intends to build a coal power plant from 1320 mega watts.
- Spain against the current. Markus Toth 40’ Spain
There is a lot going on in Spain right now: The economy is recovering slowly, the political landscape is changing and new forces like Ciudadanos and Podemos are gaining strength. However, after the general elections in December 2015 there is still no agreement to form a new government and most problems that have come up during the economic and financial crisis are still affecting the majority of the population.
Even though consequences like unemployment, evictions, lower wages etc. cause difficult situations, a crisis such as in Spain is also a special moment of reflection and starting over. People who under normal circumstances wouldn´t change their habits and behaviour, suddenly begin to break new ground. It´s difficult to put in numbers what they achieve but one thing is certainly true, after the protests and demonstrations, there is a lot of people with new ideas and alternatives in different areas like finances, politics, basic services and nutrition, communicatoin and trade. Despite all the challenges they believe that change is possible from the bottom.
- Time Simply Passes. Ty Flowers 55’ U.S.A
Time Simply Passes is a film about James Joseph Richardson, an orange picker in Florida who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his seven children in 1967. He spent 21 years in prison, until he was released in 1989 when the conviction was overturned due to miraculous circumstances. For a moment, he became a National celebrity and the face of the Innocence Movement. For the past 25 years, he’s been struggling to survive, living off donations from friends while attempting to receive compensation from the State.
This is a film about race, about Florida, about the evolution of small-town justice, about forgotten historical moments, about systemic corruption at all levels of government, and a philosophical evaluation of the concept of restorative compensatory justice.
- The Road to Santiago. Alan Field, 120’ Great Britain
After a near death fall from a 70ft waterfall in Thailand, Alan field gave up a life of crime to follow his dreams and become a filmmaker.
The Road to Santiago, is a journey along the 800km ancient road where Alan heads off in search to find out what is so special about this road, which has been walked for over 1000 years, and to also meet with the author Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) but whilst on the road he meets different people of all nationalities, and faiths, with their own personal story for walking the Camino, and before long he begins to re-encounter with himself, his faith, and with his own personal connection to this Holy Road.
- Closer to Maarten. Raymond Grimbergen 60’ Netherlands
It is 1999 when Dutchman Maarten de Bruijn, still in his twenties, decides to make a journey through India. At first, everything seems to go well, as he sends letters on a regular basis in which he writes enthusiastically about India and the things he is experiencing along the way.
But after three letters, the writing stops and his family fears the worst. Not without reason, because they have never heard from Maarten again. Until this day, he is still missing.
Maarten’s younger brother Hein never came to terms with this and 15 years after Maarten’s last sign of life, he decides to make the same journey as his beloved brother did in 1999. To find closure to this tragic situation and to find peace with his brother’s faith. Guided by Maarten’s letters, he follows the same track as his brother did years earlier. His father, who already was in India in 2000 to search for Maarten, accompanies his son
- The vanished dreams. Juan Betancor 76’ Spain
September 10th, 1974, Guinea-Bissau, a small country in Western Africa, achieves its independence. Hundreds of European volunteers move to the country, chasing their dreams of a better world. Those were years of enthusiasm and idealism, when the building of a socially just nation in Africa was a dream within reach.
Time passed and those dreams were hit by the reality of political instability and turmoil. Most of the volunteers returned home, but the bittersweet memories of their lost paradise remain vivid as the day they left.
The Vanished Dream is the story about a time when changing Africa and the world seemed possible.
- Baobabs between Land and Sea. Cornu Cyrille 55’ Γαλλία
By their sheer size and original shapes, baobabs are among the most remarkable trees on the planet. Relatively unknown in Madagascar, these giants are currently threatened by deforestation. To study them, in the heart of their forests, Cyrille Cornu and Wilfried Ramahafaly travel by pirogue, exploring 400 km of wild and isolated coastline in the south-west of Madagascar.
- Picturing War. Konstantin Fleming 60’ Germany
Which pictures do we get to see?
In a world of modern mass communication and a never ending stream of pictures, this question is more important than ever. Which conflict is worth reporting? Which war might interest the consumers of media outlets? And how do pictures travel from around the globe, from zones of conflict to the worldwide public?
These questions are the central message of „Picturing War“. From Syria and Iraq to Rwanda – the film follows a young man who has chosen to become a war photographer, and answers the question of how he finds the pictures we might see one day – or not – on the cover of a big newspaper.
- Daughter of the Lake. Sergio García Locatelli 90’ Spain
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.
- Afuera. Laurentia Genske 65’ Germany
Rafael and Yohan couldn’t be more different. Rafael, a self-confident young man, is unperturbedly struggling his way through life. A loner, who knows exactly what he wants and doesn’t look back. Yohan – on the other hand – is a dreaming philosopher. He drifts around and faces his fate in good faith. What binds them together is something, that is essential for many other young Cubans, too: Tourism. The desire of leaving Cuba and starting a better life in Europe or America is growing in many young people. While Rafael chauffeurs tourists as an illegal taxi driver, Yohan is offering his services as a „jintero“ (casual prostitute). Due to their jobs, they are not only frowned upon by their families, they are also breaking the strict laws of the regime. The film gives an insight into the tough and harsh reality of Cuban everyday life of two men, who are striving for a different life.
- Small People. Big Trees. Ekaterina Rusakovich 45’ Russia
The Central African Republic. Here in the shade of sub-panel rainforests lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth — the Baka pygmies. As it was hundreds years ago they hunt for meat and gather gifts of big trees. They pray to the spirits of the forest and teach their children to respect the forest, to take from it only what is of great need. But little by little their traditional mode is changing under the pressure of the “Big World” culture.
- I opened my wings in the depth. Ahmad Seyedkeshmiri. 25’ Iran
Some warriors decided to make a statue in remembrance of his martyrs’ friends from Iran-Iraq war.
Then install it in depth of Persian Gulf. All of these warriors are disabled persons. Some of them are blind or paralyzed or without hands or one leg…
They dive under the sea and install the statue there.
- The hands. Miguel G. Morales 60’ Spain
A film about those who did not go in the photos. Workers managed by the artist César Manrique make the dream of the island of Lanzarote in the 60´s. The creation of the network of centers of art, culture and tourism, landmarks within the landscape conservation in Europe. People who had to translate the world created by César Manrique in reality. From Ideas to the hands. The craftsmen of stone, wood, iron gardening or explain their particular way of seeing the story that changed the island forever.
- Between a Garden and the Sea. Ariane Lorrain 16’ Canada
This visual poem documents the fragmentation of territory in Palestine as an impressionistic roadblock movie. Composed of fragments of letters and poems, it’s in an intimate tone that we embark on a journey from the West Bank hills to the Mediterranean Sea. A short distance made long with detours, checkpoints and dead ends, it inspires suffocation at times, liberation at others.
- Hot Men Cold Dictatorships. Mária Takács 97’ Hungary
Young Hungarian gays explore the personal dramas of elderly gay men who lived in Communist Hungary.
Has the situation of gay men improved since the fall of communism or homophobia is even worse today?
Our one-and-a-half-hour-long creative, socio-documentary shows – with the help of 7 protagonists’ life stories – what it meant to be a gay man before the political „transition” in Hungary. The topic is pursued by 4 young gay guys. The personal experiences uncovered and the secret service files excavated reinterpret the past 50 years from the vantage point of the present-day social and legal context.
- Naked Wheels. Rajesh James 30’ India
This documentary zooms the journey of a Queer Group on a truck across south India. The film paints their life, love, politics ……
- People of the Walls.Sherif Fathy Salem 90’ Italy
Belfast (Northern Ireland), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Bethlehem (Palestine); three different cities that are divided by walls of separation. People of these cities are either forbidden to go to certain areas of their homeland or must be controlled by internal borders police to cross from one side to another or even to be imprisoned in their areas when the walls’ gates are closed. The film tells the story of these people, shows their daily life difficulties and captures their thoughts, fears, hopes and emotions.
- Humanity is Migrating . Enea Gega- 25 ‘ Turkey
The film is about Syrain refugees who are stuck in İdomeni and other refugee camps in Greece. Thousands of refugees are waiting hopelessly for the borders to be open by FYROM so they would be able to reach the Western Europe, mostly Germany. Film is mostly focused at young people and children , especially children. After showing the refugees waiting in Eidomeni film focuses in Serbia which is the middle of the way to reach Western Europe. Refugees here do not register in legal camps to be able to go in Western Europe. Refugees in Belgrad sleep mostly in parks or streets or abandoned buildings. After Serbia documentary focuses on the story of a boy named Wardan which is one of the “lucky” people to reach Europe. His story will give hope to other refugees not to give up. Film ends in Eidomeni Greece
- People of Love and Rage. Stefano Casertano 85’ Italy
Opened in the early 1980s in the southern suburbs of Rome, “Corviale” is the largest residence building in Europe, hosting some 1,200 apartments and more than 8,000 people within a total length of one kilometer. Corviale is a public housing project inspired by Le Corbusier and the principles of the renaissance “Ideal City”, yet it failed “even before opening” and has always been plagued by intense criminality and lack of vision.
Resident friends Massimo, a former drug-addict and long-time convict; and Alessandro, an artist, decide to team up and set up an association for “handcraft and arts” to provide alternatives to youngsters and unemployed in the area. Their dream must face the limits of the environment, as well as the limits inside themselves, due to their harsh upbringing.
- DAHRA. 11 years old, woman, Afar, stubborn… (in Afar). Francesco Sincich 63’ Italy
Dahra, a young 11 years old Afar girl, lives at Galaha, a village that developed beside to an old hospital for tuberculosis of Doctors Without Borders, closed since 2007. She had never been to school, but she would go, it’s her dream. Her parents are against it, but she’s well known for her stubborn character and she doesn’t drop her decision. When Dahra seems to gain her struggle, the federal government orders everybody in the village to leave and to desert everything. It’s a forced displacement, a more and more common condition for the Afar people living in the Awash Valley. In fact, this valley is exploited by the government and the foreign investors to produce sugar cane and cotton. There’s no more place for the people that have always lived there. But, fortunately, Dahra is stubborn…
- Know Your Freedom. Supriya Srinivas 77’ United Arab Emirates
As they pursue their sporting dreams, our three protagonists – all UAE sportswomen – have negotiated through a complex web of social taboos both overt and covert to compete on the international stage. A story of courage and grit while making extraordinary choices in a tradition-bound society
- Τhe Εye of Ιstanbul / Binnur Karaevli, Fatih Kaymak 60’ Turkey
The story of Ara Güler, the legendary Turkish-Armenian photographer, who even at the age of 87, remains a complex and unforgettable character; he is still sharp, irreverent, witty and philosophical. He has been a key figure in capturing the lives of people and major historical events post World War II in Istanbul and Turkey. His archive, however, has never been opened up to scholars but instead remains crammed into boxes in his private office. A close friend of Henri-Cartier Bresson, Ara, too, is a strong believer in making human interaction the focus and the in the decisive moment. The documentary follows Ara as he prepares for his retrospective exhibition. He recalls the stories behind his most iconic images, thus adding even more life to them.
- The Archipelago / Benjamin Huguet 45’ Great Britain
The Faroe Islands: A remote group of wildly beautiful islands, battered by the everchanging weather patterns of the North Atlantic. It is a community in transition, connected to the modern world and its technology, yet also a place where people and nature are linked in ways they have been for generations. For centuries the Faroese have lived proudly off the natural resources that surround them – a pact between mankind and the wilderness based on balance and self-sustainability. True to their traditional customs, the modern Faroese continue to hunt the pilot whales. This noncommercial, but controversial practice has long been under the scrutiny of western society, and now the international NGO Sea Shepherd announces its biggest antiwhaling campaign to date. The clash between these two opposing ecological visions could well change the face of the archipelago forever.
- NaturePlay / Daniel Stilling, 81’ Danemark
The high stakes testing beast prowls inside schools, damaging kids with hyper testing and hyper stress. The Nordic North opens the door to a playful escape: Education Outside. Upon the start of their own child’s education the filmmakers discover that rampant school testing has become a virus, infecting kids with hyper stress, bringing forth haunting symptoms of a missing childhood. In their search for a cure, they go on an inspiring Nordic journey to uncover how children naturally learn and a way to take childhood back. A secret defense is also unveiled to rescue these children. One that can drive social change. In a High Stakes education – what’s truly at stake? Our Children.
- PIERPAOLO. Miguel Angel Barrroso 76’, Spain
PierPaolo tells us about Pier Paolo Pasolini’s childhood and youth years, through the main characters of his life: his father Carlo Alberto, with whom he has a difficult love-hatred relationship; his mother, he’ll be very close with until his final days, they even lived together in the same house; his younger brother Guido, who joins the partisans during World War II and ends up murdered under strange circumstances; the delicate romantic and friendship relationship with two women: violinist Pina Kalz, a war refugee, and schoolteacher María, who went steady with him; and his deep infatuation with a peasant boy named Toni, he will keep this friendship throughout his life.
- Guantanamo’s Child – The Omar Khadr Story. Patrick Reed 80’ Canada
Child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? The now 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since he was 15. In 2002, Khadr was captured by Americans in Afghanistan, charged with war crimes and locked up in Guantanamo. In October 2010, Khadr, being the only juvenile ever tried for war crimes, pleaded guilty to five war crimes in return for a plea deal that gave him an eight-year sentence and chance to complete his sentence in Canada. He later recanted his confession.
- Acting Audition . Hasan Najmabadi 42’ Iran
The children are means for parents to get to what they want…
- Where are you, buddy?. Alejandro Maly 82’ Argentina
Beginning with the story of the argentine most famous duo of ventriloquism, Mr Chasman with his dummy Chirolita, this documentary takes us inside the world of this art, showing the special relationship ventriloquists have with their dummies.
- This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees. Mani Y. Benchelah 57’ Lebanon- Switzerland
An extraordinary intimate portrait of child refugees forced to flee from the violence of Syria’s civil war to neighbouring Lebanon. Filmed over a year, the documentary tells the stories of the children’s lives in their own words and captures the moving truth of how they deal with loss, hardship and the poignancy of dashed hopes. Their testimony in this film is a beautifully crafted microcosm of the human cost of the ongoing civil war in Syria that has forced over 4 million people to flee; half of whom are children.
- Libera Espressione. Μanuele Mandolesi. 42’ Italy
“Libera espressione” tells the story of Antonino Maggiore and his three years of activity as a videoblogger from Lampedusa. Antonino is a fisherman’s son and works in an hardware store. One day he decided to commit himself and with a small camera in is hand started to tell the stories he experienced as eyewitness.
Feeling the urge of an information free from media interference, over time, Antonino produced an independent and personal record documenting live the major drama of immigration, its critical situation and direct impact on everyday life of the citizens from his land, Lampedusa, “the Gateway to Europe.”
- One World – Different People. Oliver Langewitz. 90’ Germany
Hostility toward strangers, Xenophobia, Racism can be found at many places and in a lot of different ways in Germany. The film sharpens an image of migrant`s experiences with racism. Hereby it is searching for answers, how people can face discriminations and eliminate racism terms in our society.
- Women for Justice – A story about the power of solidarity. Sybille Fezer and Daniel Burkholz 53’ Germany
Forced marriages, domestic violence, over 100000 wives killed by fire
in so called “household accidents” every year – in India, violence against women is omnipresent and nearly all women, independent of class, caste and religion are affected. Because Police and Justice hardly give any protection or aid, women in India have organised to fight against this violence and injustice. They founded the “Women for Justice” and the “Nari Adalat” women’s courts. Every week they gather on the roof terrace of the local government or on a dusty place under a tree and dispense justice themselves. With quick-wittedness and creativity they put beating husbands and quarrelsome mother-in-laws in their place. And – if necessary – they go in as a “heavy squad” to help a poor widow, who was thrown out of the house with her little daughter after the death of her husband, to regain her belongings.
- Landfill Harmonic – A Symphony of the Human Spirit / Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley, USA-Paraguay-Norway-Brazil
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
- Aurelia by Katia Viscogliosi & Francis Magnenot. 67’ France
Is the present poetic enough to answer to yesterday’s world?
Katia Viscogliosi and Francis Magnenot travel in Italy along the Via Aurelia, in the footsteps of Katia’s father. It’s the path he had taken in 1951, he was 13, looking for a better future. The movie captures life as it manifests throughout the way – seaside resorts, beaches, industries, ports, inhabitants – an adds to this present the characteristic timelessness sideration experienced by the traveler.
Sit and Watch
Matthew Barton, Francisco Forbes
United Kingdom, 2016, 37’
Samir in the Dust
France, Algeria, Qatar, 2015, 61’
I’m Not from Here
Maite Alberdi, Giedré Žickyté
Chile, Lithuania, Denmark, 2016, 26’